The celebration of Martin Luther King Day in 2021 comes at a pivotal time in the history of the United States. Our multi-racial democracy has been under attack by those who launched a violent insurrection at our US Capitol on January 6 as our Congress was about to certify the 2020 presidential election won by Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris.
Martin Luther King embodied a belief that the moral ark of history moved in the direction of greater human rights, removal of unjust social structures and the attainment of civic peace and solidarity through non-violent means. He asserted that this goal could be inspired and achieved by appealing to the universal moral precepts about non-violence found in religious teachings as well as secular ethics and moral philosophy. Global Ministries University calls upon all religious and spiritual leaders in the United States to lead a moral renewal of our nation and reaffirm the non-violent message that Martin Luther King gave to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s.
We now need a new moral movement that can meet the challenges of our present time to overcome the forces of hate, racism and bigotry that appeared at our nations’ Capitol on January 6. We pray that the spirit of Martin Luther King will live on in the United States and be a beacon of light that will shine brightly again in our nation’s life and history.
Gerald Grudzen, Ph.D.
Global Ministries University